Boston Standard Pride Awards 2012 search for those who make us feel proud

Boston Pride Awards presentation evening at Boston College.

Boston Pride Awards presentation evening at Boston College.

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FROM Herbert Ingram to John Taverner, Jean Ingelow to John Foxe, Chris Woods to Melanie Marshall – this town has produced many Bostonians to be proud of.

Once again, The Standard and sponsors L&H Homes are to pay tribute to those people from our area who are going above and beyond the call of duty to make us Yellowbellies high-spirited.

The annual Boston Standard Pride Awards will soon be upon us – and we need you to nominate people you think are deserving of the accolade.

Whether they are unsung heroes working hard to improve lives locally or public figures carrying out their duties well, if you think they deserve a big thumbs up then do your bit.

There are seven categories in which readers can nominate their community heroes (see below).

From these nominations, a shortlist of nominees will be drawn up and readers will be able to vote for the individuals they would like to see rewarded.

The public will then vote on who they believe should win each category.

Those on the list will be invited to an awards evening in April, where the winners and runners-up will be celebrated.

Once votes have been cast an independent panel of judges will choose a winner to be named the overall Boston Achiever 2012.

Nominees must live or work within the Boston Standard circulation area. Nomination forms must be received by noon on March 9. No photocopies will be accepted.

To nominate pick up your copy of the Boston Standard today!

Below are the award categories you can nominate people for:

- Boskat Child Achiever’s Award - This award will go to a child up to and including the age of 12 on April 25, 2012. The achievement can be in any field, either school based or an out-of-school hobby or activity. The nominee could be a highly-talented youngster or it could be someone who has battled against a disability.

- Customer Care Award - This person may work in the public or private sector and will offer customer service above and beyond the call of duty. He or she could work in an office, on public transport or at the end of a telephone. Maybe you know a good lollipop lady, cheerful bus driver or a welcoming receptionist.

- Community Spirit Award -The Community spirit Award will go to someone who makes a positive effort to improve the community in which he or she lives, and who is not covered by the other categories. It could be a voluntary worker, someone who runs a local organisation, or a professional person who puts in that extra effort to serve his/her fellow man and woman.

- Carer Award - The Carer Award might go to a professional carer who provides support and friendship over and above the call of duty, to an individual who voluntarily cares for a family member or members, or to someone who cares for a neighbour or others in the community.

- Top Teacher Award - The Top Teacher Award will go to a teacher in a school within the Boston standard circulation area. The teacher nominated will have helped his/her pupils achieve success or be someone who goes the extra mile when it comes to helping organise extra curricular activities.

- Senior Achievement Award - This award is aimed at recognising those young-at-heart members of the community who go the extra mile. Perhaps they excel at a hobby, have extraordinary talents or give up time for someone else. Perhaps they are just a happy 60-something who always wears a smile. Nominees for this award must be 60 or over on April 25, 2012.

- Youth Achiever Award - The youth Achiever Award may go to a youngster who has achieved some notable success, either at school or in an outside school activity. It could be a young person who has an outstanding talent, or someone who has achieved something with the odds against them. The person nominated must be between 13-18 inclusive on April 25, 2012.